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>> good evening, and great to have you with us here on sunday night. we begin with the growing concern over what could very well be the earliest and strongest outbreak of the flu in a decade. tonight images from all over the country, patients flooding emergency rooms. hospitals are readying for a tough fight against the flu. this er in minnesota, where they're putting up signs urging visitors to stay out of the er, out of the hospital, if you don't have the flu. the flu hitting 41 states tonight from coast to coast and growing this evening. more than 2,200 people in the hospital. 18 children have died and this season is just getting started. dr. ashton from our medical team standing by tonight, but first abc's john schriffen with the images from the front line
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against the flu. >> reporter: from chicago to atlanta -- >> i don't want this shot. >> reporter: -- to ohio. doctors in emergency rooms are overwhelmed with a flu that seems to be spreading like wildfire. in florida, where the flu has hit hard and early, 7-month-old baby estrella is sick with a respiratory virus the doctors are seeing along with influenza. just one of dozens of children dr. rosenberg has been treating. >> it's been an epidemic, a lot of admissions from the flu, more than ever. >> reporter: in illinois, doctors say they haven't seen this many cases since the swine flu outbreak in 2009. this year the flu is hitting even the strongest among us. like 28-year-old matt head. >> one minute i'm a thousand degrees sweating to death, and then the next thing i'm four degrees, freezing to death, wishing i was dead. >> reporter: in ohio, 863 people have been hospitalized with flu symptoms compared with 65 at
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this time last year. >> our normal volume would be anywhere from 40 patients. we're seeing 75, 80 patients today. >> reporter: emergency rooms are going to have longer wait times for everyone. and we still have five weeks left to the end of the flu season. >> john schriffen leading us off. thanks to you. >> i want to bring in abc's dr. jennifer ashton. always great to see you. mr. and the cdc is encouraging anti-virls earlier than ever? >> that's right. for anyone not getting better within a couple days and recently the fda approved tamiflu for infants as young as two weeks of age. it tells you how seriously they take the risk in infants and children. >> two weeks, but it's perfectly safe? >> absolutely. >> you have tips for people without infants or young which were, sounds obvious but bears repeating. >> first thing, get your flu shot. it's not too late. there's still flu vaccines
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available. it does reduce the severity and the duration even if you were to get the flu. second, keep your hands and anything your hands come in contact with, clean. phones, keyboards. that's how the virus is transmitted. >> wipe it all clean, keep your family safe. and other things to boost your immunity? >> getting enough sleep, exercise, adequate vitamin d intake. 70% of the country is low on vitamin d. keep it high, and it improve your chances. -- of avoiding the flu. >> i know you and dr. besser will stay on this. thanks. we turn to the showdown in washington over president obama's nominee for secretary of defense. a senior administration source confirming it will be former republican senator chuck hagel. the announcement could come as early as tomorrow. one senator already calling this an in your face move. david kerley is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: as the president returns from hawaii, senior fishlgs tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator has chuck hagel as the
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next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking, i believe, on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: today republicans raised red flags, continuing a campaign against chuck hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on affingts afghanistan -- that we went beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq, saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it's carried out. >> reporter: but it was a comment about israel and what he called the jewish lobby which intimidates capitol hill that angered many. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> reporter: picking a republican to lead the pentagon makes strategic sense for the president with budget cuts looming. >> republicans don't really like chuck hagel. one of their own. >> chuck hagel busts the republican party establishment and opposing the war in iraq. there's no surprise. >> reporter: hagel has the most
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important supporter. >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: the president will have a fight on his hands with this nomination and not just with republicans, with democrats as well who control the senate and the confirmation process. it's one of the reasons the white house was telling democrats up on the hill in the senate about this nomination, that it's coming down the road, trying to soften the blow. >> david kerley with a preview of the fight ahead this week. david, thank you. an alabama teenager will be in court tomorrow. charges in a plot against his school. 17-year-old derek shrout is a self-proclaimed white sum rem sift. a terch found a notebook that revealed his plans. a search of his home revealed dozens of containers filled with shrapnel. with holes drilled for fuses. he'll be tried as an adult. >> in aurora, colorado, the shooter from the movie theater attack will be in court as well. a hundred relatives of the victims are expected to be in court. prosecutors will review the evidence for the first time. he's charged with killing 12
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people and injuring 70 others. this could be the closest any of the families will get to a trial because holmes could accept a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. in newtown, a community deciding what to do with an outpouring of sympathy sent their way. after the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school. signs of grief and support from across the country blanketing their town three weeks after the attack. the town deciding where to put it all. and this evening, not far from that town, a gun show this weekend. in fact, gun shows across the country seeing booming business amid fears the white house might soon act on gun control. here's abc's mark greenblatt. >> reporter: the surging demand for guns drew so many to this gun show in los angeles over the weekend. the worry wasn't weapons, but the size of the crowd. this father brought her daughter along to stock up, worried about looming gun reform. >> we went through and came down to get what we wanted before everything's illegal. >> reporter: but closer to newtown, at least four gun shows canceled.
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the show went on in nearby stanford, connecticut, even after the local mayor called the organizers insensitive. >> what would you say to the mayor? >> i'd say he's wrong. >> why is he wrong? >> this is a private thing. he shouldn't be expressing his opinion on it. >> reporter: the washington post reports a task force led by vice president joe biden is considering proposing universal background checks for all gun-buyers. tracking the movement and sale of weapons through a national database and stiff penalties for carrying guns near school or giving them to minors. >> how big of an impact could this really have? >> we believe some of these proposals could have a huge impact on the number of deaths and murders that happen every day from guns. you're talking about keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers, dangerously mentally ill. >> reporter: but heidi heitkamp, a democrat from north dakota,
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told george stephanopoulos today, those proposals go too far. that's way in extreme of what i think is necessary or even should be talked about. and it's not going to pass. >> one member of that task force told me he's surging reforms that go beyond assault weapons. his reasoning, he wants to keep any kind of gun out of the hands of the criminally or the mentally ill. we have a note tonight with -- about a diane sawyer interview. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords who was shot two years ago this tuesday, on that anniversary, diane sits down for an exclusive interview to talk about her recovery and newtown. the interview is tuesday night right here on "world news" and across our broadcasts. turning to syria, we heard for the first time from president assad in months. tonight we asked alex marquardt to read between the lines. is this a leader who thinks he can survive? >> reporter: president assad mobbed by supporters at his first address to the nation in
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over half a year. in front of the faces of soldiers who had died, he slammed the west and called for political dialogue to end almost two years of war. regional and western states should stop furnding, arming and sheltering rebels, he said, who should also stop all acts of terrorism. assad said the military would then stop fighting and peace talks could start. we will negotiate with the ones that are behind those puppets, he said. we want a dialogue with the master, not with the servants. the united nations says the civil war has left more than 60,000 syrians dead. in his only interview with american media during this conflict, assad told abc's barbara walters that his forces targeted terrorists, not civilian protesters. >> what is the misconception if there is any, about the protests? >> we don't kill our people. nobody kills -- no government in
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the world kills its people unless -- as president, i became president because of the public support. >> and alex marquardt is with us here in new york tonight. thank you for your extraordinary reporting over in syria. when you look at this leader, is this someone who you think thinks he's going to be able to last through this? >> the most striking part of the speech was how confident and collected he seemed. he didn't ramble as he had in the past. this honestly didn't sound like a man who believed his regime was on the brink of collapse. >> thanks. great to have you with us in new york. we'll turn to the west coast and a search for a daring skydiver who disappeared after a jump from a helicopter. they are tracing pings from his cellphone, but so far, no luck. abc's clayton sandell on the search in the cascades tonight. >> reporter: search teams were out at dawn, scouring the rugged foot hills east of seattle. they're looking for curt roper, an experienced skydiver, with more than a thousand jumps under
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his belt. the 29-year-old was with friends thursday jumping from a helicopter at 6,500 feet. he wore a special wing suit thatlets him glide through the air. this is roper back in october. when he jump the, his friends on the ground could not see which direction he flu or even if its parchute opened. >> when they have the suit on, they can fly 60 miles an hour and travel quite a distance. >> reporter: over the weekend, 145 volunteers narrowed the search area. >> we've been really focusing on the cellphone pings from the first night and the helicopter flight path. >> reporter: to make matters worse, his suit is green and brown, perfect camouflage in the mountains. >> there's trees, rocks, cliffs, a very dangerous environment. >> reporter: so far searchers have come up empty, but they hope he's stuck in a tree or lost and waiting to be found. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, thanks to you tonight. we'll move on to the biggest headline in sports right now.
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alabama and notre dame, the bcs championship. and the audience will be as giant as the game. "good morning america's" josh elliott is there. ♪ >> reporter: it's the super bowl of college games, a national championship arguably as anticipated as any in the sport's history. >> to be the best, you've got to beat the best. >> reporter: number two alabama playing for their second straight national title and what would be its third in four years. and so a dynasty in the making. >> to win another one, oh, man, it speaks highly of our program and what we do around here. >> reporter: standing in their way? a resurgent and unbeaten notre dame, looking for its first national title in a quarter century. >> it would be a good time for us to win this championship. >> reporter: the fighting irish stand on history's doorstep thanks in part to senior captain and linebacker, manti te'o, the emotional core of the team. earlier this season he lost his grandmother and then hours later learned his girlfriend had died of leukemia.
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yet he persevered through it all. >> manti's the heart and soul of this team. >> reporter: for te'o, this game is now everything. >> the past three years that i've sat in my living room and watched that game, i texted one of my teammates, i do not wanna be sitting in this living room watching this game. >> reporter: on the other side of the field, alabama quarterback a.j. mccarron, who's not just playing for his team, but a little girl who he met while she was undergoing treatment for leukemia a little over a year ago. she gave him a bright yellow bracelet, invibed with the words "just trust." he will be wearing it on the field tomorrow. >> i never take it off. i'm always thinking about her. she's a special girl. >> reporter: and she will be one of an estimated 30 million people watching the game tomorrow. so much emotion. so much drama and so much at stake. josh elliott, abc news, miami. >> on the field tomorrow night, josh we'll be looking for you first thing in the morning. you can watch notre dame take on
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>> reporter: in atlanta, they busted a graphic artist. known in criminal circles as the printer. prosecutors say that he and his father and four other men produced more than a million dollars in counterfeit bills, using a printer to print out fake 50s. printing the front. -- front bill on one sheet, the back on another, before carefully gluing it all together. there are a flood of how-to guides on the internet. in november, rhode island police arrested this man, who they believed learned how to use a check cal suit to make fake 100s. >> a consumer takes the time to look at the water mark and see it doesn't match the portrait. they would know something was wrong with the bill. >> reporter: the government says new security features help. >> if you take the note and tilt it back and forth, you'll see the 100 in the lower right corner shifts from copper to green. >> reporter: now they say is a good time to take a closer look at the money in your pocket. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta.
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>> we're all going to be looking here later on. when we come back, the beatles as you've never seen them before. when we come back, the rare photos that could fetch a lot of money. t of money. but when joint pain and stiffness from psoriatic arthritis hit, even the smallest things became difficult. i finally understood what serious joint pain is like. i talked to my rheumatologist and he prescribed enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffness, and stop joint damage. because enbrel, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. don't start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure, or if, while on enbrel, you experience persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or paleness.
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it could be proof of a much more weathered mars than scientists had previously imagined. our person making the index tonight, a french actor angry about high taxes in france. he's defected to russia to make a point. gerard depardieu from the movie "green card." who was there in russia to greet him? vladimir putin who presented the actor with a russian passport. already having real impact in france. the super tax on millionaires from 41% to 75% has been knocked down now. the picture making the index, never before published images of the beatles, from the ground-breaking first visit to america. the fab four right here in 1964. it turns out there are publicity shots from that concert that were never before published. they're extremely rare because they're in color. most early photos were in black and white. paying for color shots back then would have been extremely expensive for a band some thought was going to be a passing fad.
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the cover collides will be sold at auction in march. if something catches your eye for the index, tweet me at david muir on twitter. when we come back in the broadcast, young and in love, they wrote each other every day during world war ii. then those letters were stolen. tonight hear the remarkable story how they got those letters back all these years later. hear the remarkable story how they got those letters back all these years later. little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you develop these stop taking chantix and see your doctor right away
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>> it's been a long two years. >> now this tuesday, for the first time since that tragic is shocking day in newtown, connecticut, they speak out together to diane sawyer, with a news-making announcement that may surprise many. >> what is it you want everyone to do? >> the abc news exclusive breaks finally tonight here, love letters written between a young husband and his wife during world war ii. they survived the war, but the letters did not. or so they thought. there are hundreds of them, handwritten letters.
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from the 1940s. sent while lloyd michaels was serving in europe during world war ii. love letters he would send home to his young wife and the heart-felt notes she would send in return. >> sweetheart, i love you with all my heart. >> your devoted hubby mike. god bless you, marian. >> tender words safely kept locked in a trunk. but in the 1970s, a thieve broke into their home and the trunk was part of what was stolen. >> love letters, how anybody could steal our love letters. >> what they didn't know, decades later, the letters ended up in the hands of a stamp collector. when he died, the collector's son began searching for the two names signed at the bottom of those letters. finding lloyd through his military service number and lloyd remembers that call. >> he says i have something of yours. i've got a box of letters. >> marian had sent him a letter nearly every day during the war.
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every day she would look in the mail for confirmation her husband was alive. >> it just brings back all those memories and the tension and the not knowing. >> it's very emotional for us. >> the michaels were just 18 and 19 when they married. they have four children, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren. tonight they sent us this photograph on their 70th anniversary. on their 70th, a vow to read every one of those letters. >> if the lord gives us enough time, we might read them all. >> i talked to lloyd before we came on the air. they've read through 50 letters and they have 300 to get through. gma in the morning. diane right back here tomorrow night. goodnight.
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>> next at 6:00. breaking news. a car drives off a san jose road into a nearby pond. launching a major rescue effort. >> police search for a man accused of setting a woman on fire after an argument. the new drama over parking in san francisco. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> it was a dramatic rescue attempt today after a car careened off an onramp in san jose and landed in a pond. thank you for joining us, i'm ama daetz. lillian kim is live with the latest on the breaking story. reporter: the onramp to 58 south here on the al expressway is open. it was close after the accident. officers say a woman drove into a pond after trying to beat the light. she was coming from cost --
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costco but was going too fast and lost control and drove through a fence. the woman's card was said to be 20 yards into the water and eight feet deep. a dive team was able to recover her body 40 minutes later. a fire crew tried to get her out before hand but the water was so murky-couldn't see a thing. >> we tried to get in as fast as we could, and because of the visibility in the water, just weren't able to see anything going on without the proper equipment, and the temperatures. so, again, kudos to the dive team for coming out here, and at least giving this -- the occupant of the vehicle a chance. reporter: paramedics performed cpr on the woman as soon as she was removed from the water and continued performing cpr on the way to the hospital. in one else was in the car but t

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